By now, everyone has become familiar with 'Life of Pi', an awesome movie directed by Ang Lee. This movie has garnered plenty of accolades from several critics and movie buffs, for mind-blowing special effects and great performances from its artistes. But fans of this film are all praise for the tiger named Richard Parker; who shares the screen for longer durations with Pi, played by Suraj Sharma. It resembles many of the tigers in Kanha to a great extent. This particular species is called the Bengal Tiger and is found in large numbers at Kanha National Park, a wildlife reserve located in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India.
Characteristics of Bengal Tiger are portrayed clearly in the film, especially a bond which is created between Pi and his striped companion, Richard Parker. Adults of this species have the habit of congregating on special occasions, especially when there is abundant supply of food for them. Otherwise the tigers in Kanha are solitary beings, looking out for animals of grassland to satisfy their hunger. Male tigers are usually in charge of a large territory including space shared by tigresses. Females often fulfil the duty of raising cubs by supplying food for them and providing protection. A new tiger shares space in a particular territory only under special circumstances, such as death of a resident tiger or tigress.
Apparently, the Bengal tiger has a light orange or yellow coat with dark brown or black stripes. Its belly and interior portions of limbs are white with black-ringed orange tail just like the tiger in 'Life of Pi'. Over the past few decades, tiger population has shown a declining trend due to incidents of poaching and habitat losses. In India, Project Tiger, which aims at providing natural habitats for preserving this species, has resulted in the creation of several wildlife reserves, such as, Kanha National Park. Today, the Tigers Found in Kanha and many other national parks in India are enjoying their newfound freedom and space due to efforts made by Government of India to preserve their population. These efforts are producing the desired results, much to the satisfaction of authorities.